Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was established in 1969 with the objectives of carrying out teaching and research in the frontier areas of using interdisciplinary approach. There are seven Schools in the University and a special centre which offer mainly postgraduate, M. Phil. and Ph. D. Degrees. These Schools are : School of Computer Systems Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, School of International Studies, School of Life Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Languages, School of Social Sciences, Special Centre for Biotechnology. JNU also has other research centres sponsored by DBT, namely, Genetic Engineering Unit and Centre for Plant Molecular Biology. There is also an Academic Staff College sponsored by the University Grants Commission.

The Bioinformatics Centre at JNU was set up in 1989 funded by DBT under Biotechnology Information Systems Programme (BTIS) of DBT, to provide bioinformatics services to the researchers mainly for the Northern Region with special emphasis on Genetic Engineering. The centre, which was functioning at the School of Computer Systems Sciences building from its inception in 1988, shifted to its present location in 1995. The centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in terms of hardware, software, networking, etc. The hardware includes Microvax II, DEC-Alpha 2000, Pentium PCs, Line drivers, C-200 Microearth station, most modern multimedia, retrographics and communication facilities. Various services like CD-ROM search, Sequence analysis, E-mail usage, training activities are being provided at the centre. Very recently the centre has been equipped with the video conferencing facilities.

The centre is equipped with the powerful softwares and databases like University of Wisconcin GCG Sequence Analysis software Version 9.0 along with the latest updated sequence databases including Genebank/EMBL, Swissprot, PIR, Prosite, Rebase; PC based Chem-X and Hyperchem softwares for molecular modelling and training purposes; Mathematica; Sigmasuite; Brookhaven Protein Databank; Reference Manager; Bibliographic databases like Medline, Biotechnology Abstracts and Agris; Gromos - a molecular modelling and Molecular Dynamics Simulation software; Exceed X terminal software; Wordprocessing and Multimedia Softwares.

BIC-JNU is contributing to the progress of bioinformatics by way of teaching courses at the university, both at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels, conducting training programmes on various aspects of bioinformatics.  The centre also offers studentship for the M.Sc., MCA and M.Tech. students to carry out project work in the areas of bioinformatics. The centre publishes a bimonthly newsletter entitled "GENE TRACE".


Prof. Alok Bhattacharya
Bioinformatics Centre
Hall No. 4, Lecture Hall Complex
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110 067.
Phone : 011-6105468, 6165884
Fax : 011-6165886
E-mail : alok@jnuniv.ernet.in